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lessons learned from the fukushima daiichi disaster into practice. members of of the nuclear regulation authority want to expand evacuation zones around the nuclear plants, and they say residents should be armed with iodine tablets to protect against radiation exposure. any released a draft of new guidelines. nra officials released new guidelines. to explain the risks before distribution. they also say that maximum distance between nuclear plants and their emergency response centers should be increased from the current 20 kilometers to 30. they would prohibit locating these off-site buildings within 5 kilometers of facilities. it also includes proposals instructing residents to stay indoors during disasters. iodine tablets should be distributed to people living within 30 miles of a nuclear plant. the tablets can have side effects so the new guidelines call for authorities to explain the risks before distribution. they also say that maximum distance between nuclear plants and their emergency response centers should be increased from the current 20 kilometers to 30. it would prohibit loca
used an en endoscope to peer inside the vessel at the fukushima daiichi plant. footage from the probe shows the surface of corroded scaffolding and water underneath. tokyo electric says it detected radiation of over 11 sieverts per hour in the container, high enough to kill in 40 minutes of exposu exposure. it adds melted fuel rods in the bottom of the reactor are stable thanks to the water level. the utility says the discovery means it's scheduled for decommissioning the reactor is still on-course. >>> one of the lasting legacies of japan's earthquake and tsunami is the crisis at fukushima daiichi. the accident forced thousands to flee the towns and cities around the nuclear plant. some foreign residents in the northeast ended up leaving japan but many have returned to the places they once called home. nhk world tracks one woman's journey. >> bear. brown bear. >> sarah jones is from texas. >> one, two, three, four, five, six, seven. >> reporter: she's teaching english at elementary and junior high schools. >> reporter: she was first drawn to japan by its natural beauty and culture. l
researchers are using an unmanned helicopter to measure radiation around the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant. no detailed studies have been conduct sod far as aircraft aren't allowed to fly within three kilometers of the facility. the survey started in futenma town about two kilometers from the plant. the helicopter can cover a one-kilometer-square area in two hours. it can fly over mountains and forests, which are difficult to access. the drone flies at an altitude of between 30 to 100 meters so it has the advantage of accurately determining the locations of so-called radiation hotspots. data is transmitted to a computer and plotted on a color-coded map showing radiation levels. the researchers plan to compile a report by the end of the month. >>> and while scientists in japan scour the skies for traces of radiation, they're also getting ready to take readings on the ground. they're about to begin a long-term study to attract the fallout from fukushima daiichi. they're aiming to learn about the potential impact on the population. researchers plan to begin their work late thermo. they'll stu
. >>> officials at japan's nuclear regulation authority say they'll designate fukushima daiichi a special nuclear facility by the end of the month. that will allow them to supervise the decommissioning process. tokyo electric power company is scrapping the facility in line with a plan submitted to the government. the nuclear regulation authority currently has no input. designating fukushima daiichi as special nuclear facility would allow the nra to prevent the spread of radioactive solution. it could order revisions to the decommissioning process. >> translator: we will do our utmost to ensure a safe decommissioning process, anticipating a wide range of possibilities. >> the nra chair says the decommissioning process is expected to take about 30 years. he notes the nra's only responsible formakering assessments on nuclear safety. he says the authority will not make judgments on whether idled reactors should be allowed to restarted once they meet current standards. japan's top government spokespersonold reporters that the government will decide on restarting idle reactors after their safety has be
. the fukushima daiichi forced thousands to flee the towns and cities around the plant. some foreign residents ended up leaving japan, but many have returned to the places they once called home. nhk world tracks one woman's journey. >> bear, brown bear. >> brown bear. >> reporter: jones is from texas. ♪ >> reporter: she's teaching english in elementary and junior high schools. she was first drawn to japan by its natural beauty and culture. on march 11th last year, she was in the teachers' room at her high school when she found the most intense earthquake she'd ever experienced. she left the school and went home. sara speaks some japanese, but she couldn't make out the insistent announcement on the tv. she looked up the word and it meant evacuation. she's close to the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant, and the residents were being ordered to flee. she took shelter at the elementary school more than 60 kilometers from town. >> i evacuated with people. i was the only foreigner here, and no one spoke english, so it's a little lonely, i think. >> reporter: in her notebook, sarah recorded informatio
is the crisis at fukushima daiichi. the accident forced thousands to flee the towns and cities around the nuclear plant. some foreign residents in the northeast ended up leaving japan but many have returned to the places they once called home. nhk world tracks one woman's journey. >> bear. brown bear. >> sarah jones is from texas. >> one, two, three, four, five, six, seven. >> reporter: she's teaching english at elementary and junior high schools. >> reporter: she was first drawn to japan by its natural beauty and culture. last year she was in the teachers' room at her high school when she felt the most intense earthquake she'd ever experienced. she left the school and went home. sarah speaks some japanese. but she couldn't make out the insistent announcements on the tv. she looked up a word and found it meant "evacuation." she's close to the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant, and residents were being ordered to flee. she took shelter at an elementary school more than 60 kilometers from town. >> i evacuated with people. i was the only foreigner here. and no one spoke english. so it's a
the confusion at the heart of a nuclear disaster. welcome to nhk world "newsline." the operator of the fukushima daiichi power plant has released more video of employees in the heat of the nuclear crisis. tokyo electric power company posted footage online of the teleconferences in the days after the accident last year. the pictures highlight the uncertainty caused by company executives and government officials. tepco released six hours of video. it was recorded over five days starting march 11th. the footage shows people at the plant on offsite center at the firm's head office in tokyo and other branch offices. one section shows the plant chief was unable to communicate with government officials. >> another part shows the confusion over how to open the valve and lower the pressure inside a reactor. >> tepco officials say they plan to release more video recorded in the month after the accident. >>> japan's industry minister says the government will not allow a power company to start building a nuclear plant in western japan. the decision comes three weeks after the government allowed work to resu
lloting. the first term came in 1996. > > > >>> last year's accident at the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant revealed serious flaws in the country's ability to prevent and respond to nuclear disasters. japan's nuclear regulation authority was created last month to overhaul the country's nuclear safety rules. it's already facing major challenges. the nra drew up new guidelines concerning the size of evacuation zones around nuclear plants. the radius of such zones was expanded from 10 to 30 kilometers. that means that municipalities such as kashiwazaki city could fall entirely within an evacuation zone. >>> these municipalities within a 30 kilometer radius of nuclear plants must now draw up new plans to respond to nuclear disasters, but the nra has yet to present criteria for evacuation or information on what kind of support the national government will provide. the municipalities say they're confused and frustrated. >> reporter: this is niigata prefecture. the entire city lies within 30 kilometer of the nuclear power plant. that means none of its 27 evacuation centers would be useable i
. china stopped authorizing the building of new plants after the accident at japan's fukushima daiichi complex last year. the government says over the next three years, it will approve a small number of plants along the coast. it insists construction must adhere to stricter safety rules. there are no plans to build in inland areas. >>> japan coast guard officers have sttedhree chise vement ships inside janese waters. the three marine surveillance vessels were navigating near the senkaku islands near the east china sea. japan nationalized the islands in september. china and taiwan claim them. chinese government ships have been seen in the area ever since. a fleet of ships from japan's maritime self-defense force and coast guard have taken part in a drill to improve communications between the two services. the vessels pursued an unidentified ship in the sea of japan off the prefectures of w kyoto. the scenario was based on a helicopter spotting a suspicious ship. the helicopters chased the ship while sharing information by radio. they eventually forced the ship to come to a stop. durin
at the fukushima daiichi plant in march last year. some commentator in the european media criticized the remarks. a newspaper in belgium said the joke went too war. caucasi kawashima currently plays in the belgium league. >>> u.s. shoppers in september rushing retail sales higher for the third straight month. commerce department officials said monday that retail sales reached $412.9 billion last month, up 1.1% from august and better than market forecasts of around 0.7%. sales at department stores fell by .2%. but most retailers saw increases. electronics and home appliances rose 4.5%. gasoline sales were up 2.5%. autos and related parts as well as food and beverages were up over 1%. continued improvement comes after the nation's jobless rate fell below 8% in september for the first time in three years and eight months. market analysts are now turning their attention to july to september gdp figures due out later this month. they want to see if the u.s. economy can stay on the recovery track. >>> now japan is not enough for softbank moss boss nasayoshi son. committed to turning his telecom firm i
in the world. clean energy has been drawing more attention since the nuclear accident at the fukushima-daiichi nuclear plant last year. >>> japan's foreign minister is seeking international support for his government's stance on the senkaku islands. gemba has asked the french government to endorse japan's ownership of the islands in the east china sea. china and taiwan also claim sovereignty over the senkakus. gemba met with the french foreign minister in paris. he said history and international law showed senkakus as japanese territory. he said the japanese government nationalized the islands last month to maintain them peacefully and stably. gemba said japan's relationship with china is important. he said his government is asking china to act calmly and take a broad point of view. the ministers agree that the dispute should be resolved peacefully based on international law. >>> the cabinet meeting decision follows renewal of the united nations peacekeeping mission until next july. an engineering unit with about 330 ground self-defense force personnel is now helping improve infrastructure in
of fukushima daiichi has a bird's eye view. used a camera to inspect the upper parts of reactor number one. the engineers with tokyo electric power company launched the balloon from the first floor. sent it up 30 meters. they equipped the balloon with four cameras and a radiation detector. the images showed concrete debris from a hydrogen explosion scatter edaround the upper floors, a crane for fuel rod and device for exchanging remained intact, they had not fallen into the pool as feared. confirmed radiation levels of 150 miliseverts an hour. a tepco spokesperson said they will use images to draw up a plan to scrap the reactor. >>> people in japan's northeast are focused on overcoming the 2011 disaster. but it won't be easy. they have to rebuild homes, businesses entire communities. we'll show you their struggles and their successes on the road ahead. every wednesday at 1:00 p.m., japan time here on newsline. >>> japan's meteorological agency says the hole in the ozone layer over the antarctica is the smallest it has been in quarter a century. this does not mean the ozone layer is recover
at the fukushima daiichi plant. the company hopes the deal will help it win nuclear power contracts in both industrialized nations and emerging economies. >>> auto makers are struggling in china. strained relations between the countries are affecting sales there. mitsubishi motors is reporting lower sales in the country but growth in southeast asia can make up for the lost revenue. the mitsubishi motors president revealed the firm had cut its sales target in china by over 40%. that's to 42,000 units for the business year through march. he said he is cautious about the outlook for china but strong sales in especially thailand and indonesia should support the firm's business. he said it'll be enough to meet mitsubishi's target of $1 billion in operating profit. executives at another japanese auto maker announced the firm had cut this year's sales target for china by 35%. that's to about 40,000 units. honda has already slashed its operating profit forecast by about $1.2 billion for the current fiscal year. the chinese market accounts for 20% of honda's total sales. follow the latestic nom -- l
is the same design, the even older, then fukushima dai-ichi unit 1. it is in a refueling outage. that means all the nuclear fuel is not in the nuclear reactor, but in the spent fuel pool. in that condition, there is no backup power for the spent fuel pool. if oyster creek or lose its offsite power, frankly, that is likely, there would be no way to cool that nuclear fuel that is in the fuel pool until they get the power reestablished. nuclear fuel pools do not have to be cooled by diesels for the old nuclear regulatory commission regulations. i hope the nuclear regulatory commission changes that and forces the industry to cool its nuclear fuel pools as well. this time of year, there's a lot of power plants and revealing outages. all of those plans will be in a situation where there is no fuel in the nuclear reactor. it is all in the fuel pool. systems have been shut down to be maintained, including diesel s, perhaps even completely dismantled, and in the event there is a loss of offsite power from the high wind from this hurricane, we will see the water in the fuel pools begin to heat up. >>
at fukushima daiichi. the accident at the nuclear plant prompted japanese leaders to hold off on restarting reactors. they've only allowed two to go back online in a year and a half. that's caused imports of liquefied natural gas to rise, driving up the cost of generating power. japanese officials are now working with their counterparts in india to secure a cut in lng import prices. the japan trade minister and the deputy chairman of india signed a joint statement in tokyo. japan is the world's largest lng importer. india's gas imports have been increasing in line with its economic growth. the statement says both countries will work toward a review of lng import prices. nuclear energy now only fuels a small portion of japan's electricity needs. lng is used for thermal power generation. >>> toyota motors recalling more than 7.4 million vehicles worldwide because of faulty power window switches. it's the biggest recall for the top japanese carmaker. toyota says about 460,000 cars are subject to recall in japan. they cover six models, such as the vitz, ractis and auris, produced between septem
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